In Miami – a city that moves to the fast pulse of Latin America yet still has that laid-back mañana attitude – André Balazs’ ultra-cool boutique hotel is the perfect bolt-hole. Invigorating and relaxing, but without the brash bling of SoBe, The Standard Miami is anything but. This star spa destination is a hip urban oasis in the art deco style – as beautiful as the beautiful people who come here, but with none of the attitude.The use of mobile phones is (thankfully) strongly discouraged.
The Boucher Brothers can supply just about anything you could conceivably need for the beach, including windsurfers, kayaks, sailing boats and rollerblades; they also organise parasailing. You can find their offices at 420 Lincoln Road, and at the Fontainebleau Hilton on Collins Avenue – visit www.boucherbrothers.com for details. The Bass Museum of Art (+1 305 673 7530; www.bassmuseum.org) on Park Avenue is the centre of the emerging Miami Design District and well worth a visit.